Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies


Lately, Girl Scout Cookies have been more plentiful in the office than post-it notes. I love Lemonades but it got me thinking how much better they would homemade. When a co-worker brought a bag of Meyer lemons from her neighbor’s tree, I decided to go for it. This is a modified shortbread recipe with a tart lemon glaze, and it is by far my new favorite cookie.

Ingredients – Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Rind from 2 lemons (I got about 1 teaspoon)

Directions – Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whip butter and lemon rind with an electric mixer until it is fluffy (on high, for about 5 minute).
  • Stir in sugar, cornstarch, and flour. Beat on low for one minute, then on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Use a spoon to drop quarter-sized dollops of dough on to a cookie sheet, at least an inch apart.
  • Bake for about 9 minutes. These cookies will NOT brown, they will just begin to get golden around the edges. Look at the bottom edge to see if they are done, they will be medium-brown when they are ready to come out.
  • Let cookies cool for a few minutes before glazing.
  • They are best eaten after they’ve had time to cool completely.

Directions – Lemon Glaze

  • Melt one tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe dish (I used a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup).
  • Add about a cup of confectioner’s sugar and beat with one beater on your electric mixer.
  • Add about half a cup of lemon juice and mix on medium until smooth.
  • Continue adding more sugar or more lemon juice, until you get to the consistency of glue.
  • Pour the glaze thick over the cookies, until they are completely covered.
  • Once cool, transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

2 responses to “Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies

  1. Suddenly I have this urge to take a sick day and go buy ingredients for lemon shortcake cookies…

  2. I’m so mad at myself for not hanging out with you more in college since we’re apparently the same person. LOL

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